A public transportation station would be built near the Botanic Gardens at the lower station of the Penang Hill Cable Car project, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. The station, he claimed, would have space for public buses, tour buses, and e-hailing vehicles. A well-planned traffic control system will be in place.
Chow, who is also the chairman of Penang Hill Corporation, and Hartasuma Sdn Bhd executive director Tan Sri Ravindran Menon signed the concession agreement for the project’s development at the occasion.
Hartasuma, a major integrated rolling stock and rail services firm, will own the tourist attraction concession for the next 30 years under the terms of the agreement. Chow stated that the agreement was a significant step forward for Penang in realizing the cable car project.
Chow stated that Hartasuma’s anticipated investment of at least RM245 million will also involve beautification of the Penang Botanic Gardens’ surrounding districts. Hartasuma will collaborate on the project with the Dopplemayr Group of Austria.
Dopplemayr is the world’s leading manufacturer of ropeways and people movers, having produced over 15,100 installations for customers in 96 countries. The cable car system, which would use 43 gondola cabins, will have a capacity of 1,000 people per hour at a speed of 6m per second. The railway will have 15 towers, and the journey from lower to upper station will take 10 minutes.